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False warnings about False teachers: How to see the difference Created 10 June 2014

1. Introduction   2. Cutting to the chase
3. Cardinal Pell   4. Landa Cope
5. William J Webb   6. Derek Prince
7. False warning: Looking at the doctrine of the Accused   8. False warning: Looking at the motivation of the Accuser
9. False warning: Looking at the understanding of the Accuser   10. False warning: Looking at the chacter of the Accused
11. Conclusion   12. Case study: Video Testimony

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Related articles: A Charismatic thanking John MacArthur for Strangefire || Born of the Spirit: Exploring the differences between spirit, soul, heart and mind || Deception: Why does God allow it? || Which comes first: Repent or Believe? || Are you born again?

1. Introduction

Ever received an email that shows pictures of some or other giant animal spotted or caught in some or other exotic place? At first the pictures are quite incredible and one is left in awe of the wonders of nature. But then, as reality dawns, it is quite off-putting. Of course, many such stories are actually quite accurate, such as the Giant Squid that was caught off Queensland's coast and which had eyes more than 30cm in diameter.

Picture of Giant snake cought Hoax

Passing on an email about some or other wonder of nature only to get a response from someone a little better informed who shows that the pictures were actually doctored leaves you with a sense of 'being played'.

Recently I stumbled upon the revelation that the 'Russian bore hole that discovered hell' story of the 1980's was actually a hoax perpetrated by a man who wanted to show how gullible Christians really can be. Read the story here. Many got duped into believing a total fabrication, including Trinity Broadcasting Network. I remember hearing that story as a young man and thinking to myself that this planet is a fearful place!

How about warnings concerning false Bible teachers, or false prophets or preachers? Have you heeded them? These are quite a bit more serious because they may in fact have a bearing on your eternal destiny. At the very least they may impact on how well you work with God, or against Him.

In truth, warnings about false teachers can in fact be a false within themselves; disinformation to detract from the truth, to destroy credibility and divert attention from what is good and right. Having grown up in a country where political strife was in the order of the day I have come to see how many people from within - as well as from outside of the country ('the world') were subjected to disinformation or propaganda in order to serve a goal. Lives were lost. But the ones who were driving the agenda cared little.

2. Cutting To The Chase

On earth things aren't always as they appear to be. In the heavenlies - the spiritual realm - it is no different. Jesus called Satan the father of lies[15]. He has lied from the very beginning and he is still doing so even at an increasing rate. Books, news programs, TV talk shows, movies, documentaries, commedy shows, Bible schools, academia, churches and other religious orders that are not in tune with the Holy Spirit unknowingly contribute to a greater agenda: to deny the sacrifice of Christ and the work of His Holy Spirit on earth. This is the Gospel; that entrance to His Kingdom is made possible through spiritual rebirth on account of repentance and faith in Jesus' sacrificial work on behalf of mankind.

That message is dangerous to Satan. So, whilst he cannot touch God himself, Satan means to at least destroy or distort or divert from His message - the word of God. And, sometimes (actually, quite often) he does it using the most unlikely means: people like you and me who honestly wish to serve God in an authentic, godly way but who end up doing the exact opposite.

Sometimes Satan gets us to keep quiet when really we need to speak up[19]. And sometimes he gets us to say something where really it is either incorrect or out of place. Predetermined mindsets (of how to represent God) and prejudices (of how not to represent God) are our greatest enemy for they stop us from hearing Him personally in every situation[17].

Since the first days of the Christian Church, the Apostles combatted and warned against false teachers. Jesus called them ravenous wolves. It has always been the task of an Apostle and a Prophet to bring discipline and correction to the people of God. Timothy is a noteable exception although it may be argued that he worked on Paul's specific instructions[18]. For this reason it is amazing that there are some theologians who TEACH that the offices of Apostle, Prophet, TEACHER, Evangelist and Prophet died out as the original New Testament characters died out as well. Did you get that?:

The obvious contradiction in terms seemingly escapes these men. Alternatively, they may be the ones who are the real false teachers?

True Apostles and Prophets, today, do the same as the Apostles and Prophets of the New Testament; they warn people of false teachings and they bring correction without denying their own authority to do so, or ministry in the Holy Spirit. You'll find many websites, books and commentaries in Christian circles that warn people of false teachers or prophets. Some make it their life mission to point a finger at someone else's ills. Most of them really mean only good. But who should we listen to?

Full disclosure: My life has undergone radical changes. I have been born again (Unsure what that means? Read here). Still, I have missed living a totally upright life in the past. And, I still do. It stands to reason then that what I have written on this website cannot possibly be 100% accurate.

That's why I ask for my work to be tested so that you may help me where I might be wrong. That doesn't mean we'll always agree that I have been wrong in my reading of Scripture, only that I am open to be corrected if my error can be clearly shown from the Bible.

To illustrate the question about false warnings we'll look at a case study. The people mentioned below have said or done questionable things. It is by no means an exhaustive list. To distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad we'll consider my personal 'four-way test':

  1. Look at the doctrine of the Accused
  2. Look at the motivation of the Accuser
  3. Look at the understanding of the Accuser
  4. Look at the character of the Accused

By this test we may lean whether or not a warning about a False Teacher or Prophet is really a warning or a destraction.

Cardinal George Pell

In the past I have pointed at people who say wrongs things, or blatantly false things. Cardinal Pell - the previous head of the Australian Catholic Church (now the 'Secretary of the Treasury' in the Vatican) went on national television and declared without a blink of an eye that faith is not required to be in right relationship with God. The Bible teaches that it is faith that justifies a person before God. But, Cardinal Pell chose to proclaim the exact opposite. So, what you had was the 'head of a church' proclaim a blatant lie - one that would get an unsuspecting member of his own following (Catholics in this case), let alone an unsuspecting member of the public pursue a god which is not the God of the Bible. My letter to him remains unanswered, perhaps not surprisingly. But what was very disturbing indeed is that there were no prominent Bible teachers (actually, there were no Bible teachers whatsoever that I am aware of) who publically took a stand against what Cardinal Pell taught on national TV. There may have been some, but at the time I could not find any. This was the perfect moment to set the record straight. But no-one in Christian circles put up their hand. Recall what the Bible says about seeking the praisesof men and not of God (Jn 12)?. Alternatively, they just did not see the national TV broadcast. It was left to small-time bloggers like me (and perhaps others) to write him a letter and then post it on the Internet. Perhaps the failure of those who could have corrected public perception is greater than the one who proclaimed a blatant untruth in the first place? Nevertheless, the test was not my own preferences about life and religion. The test to determine whether or no Cardinal Pell was part of a giant deception was Scripture. And, Scripture made its case: Heb. 11:6. Read my letter to him here: Dear Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal Pell seems to have failed the doctrine test.

Landa Cope

Rarely, if ever, do I call anyone a false teacher or a false prophet. I make sure to write to the person in question and have their view first. Some never acknowledge their mistakes. Others just write it off as having used 'poor language'. This was the case with Landa Cope who teaches that the Israelites left Egypt in "abject poverty" only to 'use the law of Moses to bring them to prosperity'.

The central theme of Landa's doctrine is that the struggling world - including schools, communities, businesses, teams, churches and nations - can go 'from the gutter to goodness' if only they would adopt the Israelite practices which they employed at the time of the their exodus from Egypt (thus including the Law of Moses). After writing to her, Landa acknowledged that Scripture in fact teaches the exact opposite to the premise of her teachings:

Landa means well. I really think so. But, she has refused to publicly correct her own error and she has refused to withdraw her erroneous material from the Internet. Thus, the false premise of her teachings continue. It has spread far and wide under the banner The Template Institute - a reference to the Old Testament Israelite practives (inferring the Law of Moses), which is seen as a template for prosperous modern living. Landa is not saying "You have to follow the Law of Moses" - let me be clear about that. But she does not have to. She is leading people to believe that entrance into the Kingdom of God is found through following a set of principles and rules. That is grave error. Landa is a believer but her witness is that the Kingdom of God is a physical or socio-political place. It just needs to be ''rediscovered'. The error of these people is obvious:

1) the Kingdom of God is in the hearts of people - it is not a physical place (in Jesus' words, the Kingdom of God is not of this world[21]. Committed Christians believe Him),

2) Though Christian laws can help restrain evil it can never make a nation or a school or a business God-fearing (history has shown that it actually does the exact opposite), and,

3) Scripture should not be 'bent' to serve a personal belief.

Landa Cope also seems to have failed the doctrine test.

William J Webb

William J. Webb, PhD (Dallas Theological Seminary) is a theologian, ordained Baptist minister and former professor of New Testament at Heritage Seminary, Ontario. He is currently adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Webb is an academic. He is a theologian in the regular sense of the word.

He is notable for developing the "redemptive-movement" hermeneutic in his book Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis (2001). This book, amongst others, argues for full role equality of men and women in the church and family. That seems a good thing, right? I mean, this is the 21st century. Surely we cannot be expected to adhere to a book that describes godly living twenty centuries ago? We have 'moved on', haven't we?

In his book Webb also argues that homosexuality is not a biblically sanctioned lifestyle but, like the increase in role equality between men and women in the church, it is likely to end up being officially taken up in the church as well. Webb's reasoning, put simplistically, goes like this:

How often do we come across the philosophy of theologians? Personally I am starting to think I come across it quite often unfortunately.

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.[13]

William J. Webb teaches the interpretation of the Bible to future pastors. Most, if not all of them buy into his philosophy and pass it on to the members of their congregation. Other professors of theology read his books and buy into it as well. You get the picture. The problem is massive. Though William J Webb is not generally known to the believing public his influence spans far and wide. It is his philosophy - the attitude of his thinking - that has been the greatest challenge to well-meaning Christians: the idea that Man's culture determines what is acceptable to God and what is not. The idea that Man sets the tone for righteousness. The idea that Man really dictates to God.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.[14]

William J Webb seems to have failed the doctrine test.

Derek Prince

A little while ago I was challenged by a theologian over my enjoyment of the teachings of Derek Prince, a Pentecostal teacher who passed away in 2003. It was said that Prince was one of four who headed up the Shepherding Movement in the '70's and early 1980's. It is reported that many have been hurt on account of the Shepherding Movement's teaching concerning personal accountibility towards one another and due submission to God-given authority. Download a treatment of the Shepherding Movement by Allan Clare here. Their intent - quite incredibly - was to guard against error[2]. Yet, they seem to have achieved the opposite. Though they never taught the abuse of authority some home group leaders and elders ended up abusing it nevertheless. Therefore, as one of four men who were known to head up the movement, Prince was branded a heretic.

Then, by his own volition, Prince broke away from the movement, confessed his error and repented publicly for his part in any wrongdoing. With this confession he remained all of his his days - 20 years untill his death in 2003. I mentioned before, this all happened in the 1970's and early 1980's.

So, when the theologian challenged my enjoyment of Prince's teachings and despite me having tested it in Scripture already, I set off to again investigate Derek Prince and the basis of present-day claims that he was a false teacher. Well, this is what I came up with:

  1. Derek Prince is a false teacher because he teaches that Satan will not be redeemed from his error (!).
  2. Derek Prince is a false teacher because he teaches that the word of God has power.
  3. Derek Prince is a false teacher because he speaks in tongues and he teaches the same.
  4. Derek Prince is a false teacher because he was part of the Shepherding Movement in the 1970's and early 1980's.

False warning: Looking at the doctrine

Now, this is not so much a defense of Derek Prince than what it is about the demonstration of a principle. Let's look at the doctrine test:

  1. Satan's redemption: Satan will be cast in the "eternal" lake of fire[5] . Nothing more needs to be said about that. The Bible clearly tells us that. From the Bible I believe that accusations of Derek Prince being a false teacher, on this particular account, are false within themselves. They are designed to serve as disinformation to discourage, distract and defer righteous living.
  2. Power in the Word: The Bible itself teaches that God's word holds power. Jesus did not cast out demons by demon-directed telepathy[7] . Righteousness is not attained by keeping silent[8] . Faith developed in others does not come through good works but by good words[9] (there is one noteable exception[16]). The word is alive and powerful and discerning[10] . Not only is it alive itself, it brings life as well[11] . Blessings are pronounced. Curses are pronounced too[12] . By the word of the Lord the world and everything in it is sustained. Of course it has power. From the Bible I believe that accusations of Derek Prince being a false teacher, on this particular account, are false within themselves. They are designed to serve as disinformation to discourage, distract and defer righteous living.
  3. Speaking in tongues: Speaking in tongues is a controversial issue. It needs not be as it is taught in Scripture. And, so should we believe, Scripture is relevant, updated and accurate for righteous living as much today as it was at the turn of the 1st century. You may read related articles here where I look at this issue a little closer: A Charismatic thanking John MacArthur and Born of the Spirit: Exploring the differences between soul and spirit, mind and heart. From the Bible I believe that accusations of Derek Prince being a false teacher, on this particular account, are false within themselves. They are designed to serve as disinformation to discourage, distract and defer righteous living.
  4. The Shepherding Movement: Derek Prince realized, confessed and openly repented of any part he may have played in people getting hurt over the abuse of authority by elders and home group leaders in the Shepherding Movement. He has not backed off from specific authority given to some in the Body of Christ, as he should not have either, as this is clearly taught in Scripture[1] . From the Bible I believe that accusations of Derek Prince being a false teacher, on this particular account, are false within themselves. They are designed to serve as disinformation to discourage, distract and defer righteous living.

Derek Prince seems to have passed the doctrine test.

 Derek Prince: A Father To Our Time: Part 7 I did not know about the video to the left until I wrote this article. It provides an inside look into Derek Prince's life before and during the Shepherding Movement in the 1970's and early 1980's.

False warning: Looking at the motivation of the accuser

Let's look at the problem particularly with respect to point 4 above, which, at first glance, seems to be the most reasonable accusation. I have found that mainly theologians from the Reformed side of Christian theology have been vocal about Derek Prince. One such a critic runs a website named after the castle in which Martin Luther hid whilst he translated the Bible into German. The Wartburg Watch has devoted their entire initiative on defending sound doctrine and being on the lookout for false teaching. It is noble in its purpose.

Here's the irony:

Full disclosure: Whilst I gave them the benefit of the doubt it became clear to me that Paul was right that women are less able to discern spiritual things[22]. And Paul was right that, as a result of this failure, they should not teach[23]. If you find that you have a problem with these text references in the Bible please take it up with the Author.

Back to the questionable motives. Looking into this matter I learnt that the Lutheren Church has since repudiated some of Luther's writings. Download a copy of the Official Doctrinal Statements of the Lutheren Church here. So, the Lutheren Church (but not The Wartburg Watch) could see error in their own ways. If you are not open to considering errors in your thinking you are disqualified from pointing fingers at others. This I believe is the case with The Wartburg Watch. Remember the slinter in the eye teaching given by Jesus?

It is interesting to note that Prince himself openly described their error as "the Galatians 3 error" - "having begun in the Spirit ....". Thus, he reflected on his own failures in teaching truth to others. Now contrast Martin Luther who never recanted from his utter dislike and instigation of violence against the Jews.

What became aparent was that The Wartburg Watch were out to get Derek Prince and that his self-proclaimed error, repentance and departure from it more than 20 years before their article was irrelevant to them. They wanted to show him as a heretic and a false prophet and no evidence to the contrary would not deter them. They could not see the beam in their own eye. As a result they cannot see the splinter in another's eye.

So, the result is that many who read their writings today - 20 years after his repentence - are deterred from hearing Derek Prince speak. Again, this is not so much a defence of Derek Prince than what it is an example of how you and I are exposed to false warnings about false teachers.

False warning: Looking at the understanding of the accuser

I once had a discussion once with a theologian regarding an urelated matter and Derek Prince's name came up. The response was as if the man read the article on The Wartburg Watch: ''Derek Prince's views on biblical authority are off the wall' (paraphrase). There it was: he said nothing about Prince's repentance, his turning from earlier views and the 20 years of fruitful service that followed. Also, he said nothing about other issues where he (the theologian) thought Prince had missed it. He offered just a blanket discounting of the person as a whole, and an inference that Prince was in fact a false teacher.

But then I saw where really the issue was for him (the theologian). As noted, our conversation dealt with other, unrelated Christian matters and it came to the point where we were to 'rightly divide the word of truth'[4] - thus, we were to see what Scripture had to say on the issue. As I quoted Solomon (I believe appropriately) to make a point I got a response which I simply did not expect, as if out of William J Webb's song book: "Yes, I know that particular verse. However, 'So-and-So' wrote a book about this particular issue and he said the exact opposite to Solomon. Solomon actually meant something else than what is plainly stated" (paraphrase).

I was dumb founded. There I was debating with a theologian who actually preferred the writings of a contemporary Christian author above the word of God. The problem was unbelief; unbelief of what is plainly written in Scripture. Then I could see also how even theologians sometimes take up certain theological views at the expense of what is written palinly in the Bible. What gets in the way is their own 'intelligence', philosophy and an undue loyalty to their own cultural norms. Now let me say clearly, I do not believe all theologians do that. Nevertheless, it seems as if Bible schools indoctrinate people (pun intended) to believe whatever they want people to believe. Consider what William J Webb's students will 'learn' about interpreting the Bible. It seems as if they pump sincere, good hearted people full of doctrine and then drain them from authentic connection with the living God. Okay, well, maybe it is not that bad. Forgive me. But, it felt like that to me at the time!

For the theologian in question, however, what was written in Scripture simply was of secondary importance - relegated to 'cynical intent' from the pen of Solomon. Unbelief.

The theologian seems to have failed the understanding (or trust in the Bible) test[24].

False warning: Looking at the charcter of the accused

When I looked into Derek Prince's character, these were some of the things I saw:

What I saw was an upright, humble man, offering his talents to do good. I did not see a man who had a demon speaking in tongues. I did not see a man who was hypnotised speaking in tongues. I did not see a deceiver speaking in tongues. I saw an ordinary man who believed the Bible was the updated, current and practical word of God.

As such, Derek Prince seems to have passed the character test.

{by the way, if your interested in Derek Prince's testimony, you may watch two short videos about it by clicking through to the bottom of this page}

Conclusion

Clearly, 'warnings' about false teachers sometimes are nothing less than unsubstantiated prejudice, the very thing that Paul warned about.

Here's the issue: If indeed faith in the eternal God is at the top of your list of priorities in life then you will seek to hear His truth. His Truth is not only the Way, it is Life. So, you will expose yourself to reading the Bible and teaching, whether it be teaching by your pastor or priest or through books articles and videos. As such, you should have no illusion that you will come across error. Probably more often than what you think. And probably through people who you never thought was possible. But what you should not do is think error does not exist. It does - big time! So, expect to see and hear error. Better still, condition yourself to look out for it. Be vigilent. Be responsible.

Not all 'false Teachers' have dubious agendas. Some non-Teachers just get ahead of themselves. Some real Teachers just listen to the wrong teachers themselves. Some false Teachers actually mean well. Some may even help you. God can speak through donkeys, remember. But, certainly, that is not His first choice. So, expose yourself to good teaching.

When you suspect error or hear criticism about a teacher whom you are interested in hearing, you have no choice but to look into it a lot deeper deeper. The Holy Spirit may in fact be the one who is drawing you closer to someything you need to learn or sort out in your life. Then again, it might not be Him at all. So, look into it. But be vigilent. You have no choice but to get involved.

Satan regularly uses disinformation and propaganda to get you or me off track or to keep you or me from discovering the right track. We may come to discover that hero's of the faith may not be hero's at all, and false teachers may not be false at all. It is for the hearing heart to spot the difference.

So, why does God allow deception? Click here if you want to read what I believe.

Now, should you trust even what is written here? No. Be guided by what is said. But seek the Bible for yourself. Ask God to teach you.

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so[6] . 

Footnotes:

[1] Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.  5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.  6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.  7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1-7) [back]

[2] 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.  28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.  29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. (Acts 20:26-31) and, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.  5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.  Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1-7) and Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. (1 Corinthians 11:1-4) [back]

[3] In Robert Michael's view, Luther's words "We are at fault in not slaying them" amounted to a sanction for murder. Luther was the most widely read author of his generation, and within Germany he acquired the status of a prophet. According to the prevailing view among historians, his anti-Jewish rhetoric contributed significantly to the development of antisemitism in Germany,and in the 1930s and 1940s provided an "ideal underpinning" for the Nazis' attacks on Jews. Reinhold Lewin writes that anybody who "wrote against the Jews for whatever reason believed he had the right to justify himself by triumphantly referring to Luther." According to Michael, just about every anti-Jewish book printed in the Third Reich contained references to and quotations from Luther. Heinrich Himmler wrote admiringly of his writings and sermons on the Jews in 1940. The city of Nuremberg presented a first edition of On the Jews and their Lies to Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, on his birthday in 1937; the newspaper described it as the most radically anti-Semitic tract ever published. It was publicly exhibited in a glass case at the Nuremberg rallies and quoted in a 54-page explanation of the Aryan Law by Dr. E.H. Schulz and Dr. R. Frercks. On 17 December 1941, seven Protestant regional church confederations issued a statement agreeing with the policy of forcing Jews to wear the yellow badge, "since after his bitter experience Luther had already suggested preventive measures against the Jews and their expulsion from German territory." According to Daniel Goldhagen, Bishop Martin Sasse, a leading Protestant churchman, published a compendium of Luther's writings shortly after Kristallnacht, for which Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church in the University of Oxford argued that Luther's writing was a "blueprint." Sasse applauded the burning of the synagogues and the coincidence of the day, writing in the introduction, "On 10 November 1938, on Luther's birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany." The German people, he urged, ought to heed these words "of the greatest antisemite of his time, the warner of his people against the Jews." (Wikipedia) [back]

[4] 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) [back]

[5] 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are.And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10) [back]

[6] Acts 17:10-11 [back]

[7] Luke 8:30-32, Luke 9:49, [back]

[8] 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Roman 10:9-10) [back]

[9] 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:14-17) [back]

[10] 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) [back]

[11] Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21) [back]

[12] 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. .... 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” (Mark 11:13-20) [back]

[13] Colossians 2:8 [back]

[14] Romans 12:1-2 [back]

[15] 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44) [back]

[16] Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,  2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.  3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—  4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:1-4) [back]

[17] 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,  6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) [back]

[18] I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:1-4) [back]

[19] 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:26) [back]

[20] 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.  35 Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.  36 And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:34-36) [back]

[21] 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36) [back]

[22] 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.  15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:13-15) [back]

[23] 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.  13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.  15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:12-15) [back]

[24] He (an elder) must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. (Titus 1:9) [back]

Derek Prince's testimony

I wonder if his testimony should have a bearing on whether or not we believe what he taught?

 

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Please consult the Bible and test what is written here. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this area. Keep that which is good and reject that which is not Scriptural. Should you come to a different understanding than I please let me know - perhaps I can learn from you.

 

 

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